A Super Simple Recipe for Waffles…that uses ingredients you ALREADY HAVE!
What to do with the leftover mashed potatoes? Make waffles, of course! I hate to waste food. I’m the queen of repurpose. I don’t mind calling food what it is—leftovers—-but some people have an aversion to leftovers—so it’s best to invent a totally new dish with what you’ve got on hand. Mashed Potato Waffles it is then!
To be honest, I have made these many times when it wasn’t the day after Thanksgiving, and I didn’t have any leftover mashed potatoes. I use this recipe for mashed potatoes and roots as a guide and basically boil up the white veggies with some garlic and then mash when I need some. Works like a charm in this recipe for the waffles.
What to put in your Savory Mashed Potato Waffles?
- Here’s a start: for every one cup of mashed (name your veggie here), use one egg (and YES, VEGAN flax egg totally works!!!)
- VEGGIES: What’s in your fridge? Chop it up! Cooked or raw will work. Broccoli, red peppers, green beans, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, cabbage, the sky’s the limit!
- HERBS: Use what you HAVE…if it’s Thanksgiving weekend and you have extra sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley….go for it!
- BEANS/LEGUMES: Sure. Add them to the “batter” or sprinkle them on top.
- GRAINS: What else would you like to repurpose?
- STUFFING: YES!!! This recipe is the perfect vehicle to repurpose stuffing as well.
My kids gifted me a waffle iron many years ago. I don’t need to be hit over the head to take a hint! Haha. But seriously, I know it sounds like just another gadget that will take up prime real estate in your valuable kitchen cabinets. However, I’m here to clear up that misconception. Oh, the things you can do with a waffle iron! Basically, anything you might bake or put on a griddle is fare game.
Things you can make in your waffle iron:
- Pancake Batter: I know, the obvious….but so so good. Don’t forget the almond butter shmear and the piles of berries.
- Apple/Cinnamon Chips
- Hash Browns
- French Toast
- Oatmeal bars
- Banana Bread
- Leftover surprise.
I’m all about the flavor and the texture. I like to add stuff both inside and outside my waffles. Tell me in the comments what you’re going to embellish your mashed potato waffles with!
- 1 cup mashed potatoes*
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, using a fork, mix together all ingredients.
- Generously scoop batter into waffle iron. How much will depend on the style/size of YOUR waffle Iron. I used about 1/2 cup batter for each waffle in MY waffle iron.
- WAIT FOR THE BEEP.
- Be generous with the toppings....and enjoy!
If you're making these post Thanksgiving and you have plenty of leftover stuffing to use up, replace up to half the potatoes with stuffing. For each 1 cup of leftovers, use 1 egg and whatever seasonings/herbs/veggies you like.
* I used this recipe for the mashed potatoes.
OPTIONAL ADD INS: chopped red peppers, black beans, cilantro, jalapenos.
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: avocado, salsa, chopped veggies, beans, sriracha, herbs, jalapenos.
Any leftover waffles can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated in the toaster.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 164Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 94mgSodium 920mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 6g